Celebrating Earth Day with People And Wildlife Community Ghana – a locally-led work that protects wildlife and improves livelihoods
Earth day started in 1970 and is celebrated every year on April 22nd. It’s a day of action to help protect the fragile planet that sustains us, with a mission to connect people, galvanize action and build a healthier future for generations to come.
We talked with Steve Sodzi, secretary of People, And Wildlife Ghana. The organization is administered by volunteers, and every dollar donated goes directly to helping people and wildlife in Ghana. There are numerous ways to assist this inspiring grassroots activity on the frontlines of the worldwide fight against extinction and poverty.
Why do you think it’s important to celebrate Earth Day?
Steve Sodzi: Earth Day is significant because we believe that everyone should be aware of the importance of protecting our environment. And there’s a lot we take for granted, like the fact that we can breathe clean air, for example. If we don’t take care of it soon, it won’t be of good enough quality for us to go out and enjoy the scenery. Our quality of life will deteriorate if we do not address these issues. As a result, it is in everyone’s best interest to strive to care more about our planet; it is our home, and we must care for it.
What do you believe is causing the climate change catastrophe, and how can we bring it to the forefront?
Steve Sodzi: We’re in the midst of two major crises: climate change and its consequences and the extinction problem. Climate change is expected to wipe out a million species in other worlds. People must recognize that we are in a horrible condition on this planet.
Although there is a rise in awareness, it is not yet mainstream. Encouraging community groups that entail sensitizing people ought to be more remarkable. One thing to note is that in many countries, people have slandered environmental agencies. So who is now meant to look after these essential and protected regions? Ordinary individuals do not attend or show any interest.
There is a lot of corruption and illicit logging in some countries. The objective will become impossible if ordinary individuals do not trust the government or if the feature squad who are expected to conduct their job do not do it.
There must be a lot of assistance and sensitization of individuals at the grassroots level. They should be able to raise their voices if they notice others doing illegal acts in the community, such as illegal mining. There should also be a supporting government that listens to the people’s concerns.
What is one earth-friendly resolution you wish everyone would adopt?
Steve Sodzi: What matters most is that people recognize that we are in a crisis. For many others, it’s just business as usual, and they go about their daily lives. This is our home; we have nowhere else to go, and if you realize your house is in jeopardy, you attempt to protect it.
If only 2% of people will start practicing sustainability, the entire population of earth will do the same, making it a sustainable planet for all.